As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively broke this morning and now confirmed, the candidates of the left slate in Labour’s National Executive Committee elections have won another clean sweep, taking all nine positions. Veteran NEC member Ann Black, standing as an independent candidate after being dropped from the slate, did not succeed and will stand down after this month’s annual conference.
This win strengthens Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters as they prepare to implement the democracy review recommendations that succeed in being ratified at the conference. Ms Black’s failure to win re-election will further strengthen the left on the NEC, because as Chair of the National Policy Forum she currently has a position on the NEC officers’ group, which has huge influence over NEC matters.
Congratulations to all the successful candidates, who include Peter Willsman in spite of shameful manoeuvres and smears by the right – and the deeply misguided decision of a small group of Momentum executive officers to withdraw the organisation’s support for his candidacy.
The full results are:
|RESULTS (9 to elect)|
|SINGH JOSAN, Gurinder||48,643|
The victory margins over the dire right-wing slate are substantial. Former left-slate candidate Ann Black, campaigning as an independent, finished well off the pace in thirteenth – a surprise to those who considered her a serious threat to one of the left-slate candidates.
Labour’s membership has sent a clear message to those who have been resorting to smears to try to inhibit the party’s democratic processes and to the mainstream media supporting them: “We’re not buying it.”
The news is also likely to be cold water in the face of the Labour right, which has been trying to build up steam to remove Jeremy Corbyn from the leadership, either by a leadership election or by other means. Their motives have been transparent, became blatant over the weekend – and most members see through them.
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